REMEMBER some time ago, when you were waiting at the MRT station and then you heard the Dim Sum Dollies going “Train is coming, Train is coming, Train is comiiiiinngg!”
Turns out it wasn’t that they had bad grammar after all, but rather, they were clairvoyant!
Because you see, Train really is coming! The band that’s best known for their hits, Drops Of Jupiter and Hey Soul Sister will be in town on June 17. That’s 17 whole days from the start of June!
Can you believe it? They will be performing at 8pm, at one of my favourite theatres in Marina Bay Sands – The Grand Theater. (My other favourite there is the Sands Theater.)
Tickets from S$98 to S$168 available at all Sistic outlets.
And to show you how excited we are about this, here’s a reprint of the interview we did last year with band (well, with the drummer, but hey…)
“IF YOU were to ask the members of American rock group Train for one word that would describe the band, the answer probably would be “excited”. At least, that’s what drummer Scott Underwood feels. The band, best known for hits like Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) and Hey, Soul Sister, is currently taking a break from recording their new as-yet-untitled album, and they’ll be here in Singapore this coming Saturday (Dec 3) to perform at Uphoria: Party With Sony, a special gig that also features singer-songwriter Mike Posner, as well as regional artistes like Hao Ren, Julia Abueva and Slot Machine.
“We have no idea what to expect but we’re very excited,” he said over the phone from Colorado. “We’ve been told that we have a really good live concert. (Laughs) It’s really important to us. It’s got a lot of energy and it’s a little bit more rocking than our records are. So I think everyone’s going to have a good time.”
He’s also pretty excited about the new album they’re recording. “The songs are little bit more upbeat and they’re a lot more pop,” said Underwood. “We love them. We’re more excited about this record than any other record we’ve made. We’re recording it and you can tell that these are hit songs. It’s feels like a big record. Everybody’s playing really well, we’re all gelling and we have the same vision so everything is going really well.”
It wasn’t like this a few years ago. After the heady triumph of Jupiter, the band ploughed on with hits like Calling All Angels, When I Look To The Sky and Get Me. But despite the success, something was missing.
“We stopped enjoying it and we became more focussed on being famous and making a tonne of money,” explained Underwood. The band went on a three-year hiatus, resurfacing in 2009 with their album Save Me, San Francisco, which featured the hits Hey, Soul Sister and If It’s Love. For what it’s worth, Underwood said the band now understands its role better.
“We have learnt some tough lessons … we have this second chance; this kind of reborn career,” he said. “We now really appreciate it and love playing together and we know how special and rare this is. We’re just like a really happy band.”
And while he admitted they do put pressure on themselves to produce good material, he conceded: “You never know what’s going to happen. You could have a song that we think is better, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a hit song. We really want to get bigger as a band and keep touring the world and sell more records.”
Their next big hit could be in the wings: Train already has their next single picked out. “It’s a song called Drive By and it’s got a bit of a dance beat. And I was a little worried that it would be too soon — like people need a break from Train for a little while. But our record label is so excited about it, like, we can’t wait to get it out.”
He continued: “We really believe in this new record and we hope that everybody in the world loves it as much as we do. I really believe in this record. I’m more excited about this than any other we’ve done. I think it’s going to do great.”
Their latest album, California 37, is out in stores.